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MERINOSELECT and LAMBPLAN

Sheep Genetics is the national genetic information and evaluation service for the meat and wool sectors of the sheep industry delivered as LAMBPLAN and MERINOSELECT. The purpose of Sheep Genetics is to improve the quality, scope and utilisation of across-flock, and where appropriate, across breed genetic information for the Australian sheep industry.

  • Sheep Genetics provides a single national language in the form of Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs)
  • ASBVs are available across flock and, where appropriate, across breeds
  • ASBVs are updated twice monthly for a range of commercially relevant traits that impact on all sectors of the sheep industry
  • ASBVs are designed to be used to compare the genetic potential of animals independent of the environment and location

 

Backed by quality assurance procedures and minimum accuracy standards, Sheep Genetics hosts a database of some 3 million animals, reflecting data from more than 1000 flocks around Australia. Together with the Australian sheep industry, MLA and AWI have facilitated genetic evaluation for prime lamb and wool producers.

The Sheep CRC contributes large amounts of data to LAMBPLAN and MERINOSELECT from the Sheep CRC’s Information Nucleus. This information includes:

  • Expanding the bloodlines represented
  • increasing the accuracy of individual ASBVs
  • Providing data for traits that are expensive or difficult to measure
  • Providing data for new traits for the development of new ASBVs
     

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Practical Wisdom Notes Products & Training Resources Reports, Articles and Presentations Websites

Practical Wisdom Notes / Fact Sheets

Practical Wisdom Note - Using ASBVs

ASBVs stand for Australian Sheep Breeding Values. They are the national language for benchmarking sheep based on their genetic merit and are produced by Sheep Genetics. ASBVs describe a sheep’s breeding value for a trait, e.g. fleece weight or body weight, and express the relative breeding value of sheep across different breeding flocks of that breed (or across breeds in the case of Terminal breeds). They are equivalent to estimated breeding values (EBVs) used in other livestock industries e.g. BREEDPLAN in the beef cattle industry.


Products & Training Resources

ASBV Case Studies

Several case studies are available on the use and benefits of ASBVs - download the individual case studies below.


Australian Sheep Breeding Values - A guide for ram buyers

This guide is provided to help you understand the complexities of breeding profitable yet functional sheep that are right for your business.


Merino Sheep Breeding Trainer Guide

The Merino Sheep Breeding Trainer Guide has been developed by Sheep CRC and Meat & Livestock Australia to allow vocational and education trainers (primarily in the TAFE, Agricultural College and School systems) to deliver up to date knowledge and skills in the area of Merino breeding to their students. It is designed to be used in conjunction with three Power Point presentations, produced by the Sheep CRC on developing a breeding objective, selecting a stud and rams and selecting ewes.


Visual Scores Guide

Visually assessed traits are included in the breeding objective of all stud and commercial sheep breeders, regardless of their target market or environment.


Reports, Articles and Presentations

Getting Started with Sheep Genetics

Sheep Genetics provides you with practical information on the genetic potential of your sheep. Sheep are ranked according to various production characteristics using Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) across flock or Flock Breeding Values (FBVs) within flock. See Sheep Genetics brochures available for download below. To download other publications click here.


Publications - Genetics

Download the genetics publications below.


Sheep CRC 2010 Conference Papers - Genetics

This Conference combined world class science with its practical application.


Sheep CRC 2010 Conference Papers - Sheep and their management

This Conference combined world class science with its practical application.


Sheep CRC Genomics Breakfast Workshop - LambEx 2012

During LambEx 2012 the Sheep CRC hosted a genomics breakfast workshop - download the papers from the workshop below.


SNP Chip - revolutionising genetics

This article appears courtesy of Meat & Livestock Australia (www.mla.com.au)


Wool meets Meat - 2006 Conference Papers - Genetics

These proceedings are from the showcase conference of the Australian Sheep Industry CRC 'Wool meets Meat - tools for a modern sheep enterprise' conference held in Orange (NSW) during 2006.


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